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10/21/2013
A tiny, microfluidic water sensor will not only be much more sensitive than current options, it will also be mass-produced for just five dollars each. The chip will be inserted into the soil or stem of a plant. It will contain a tiny cavity filled with water, and it will exchange that moisture with the moisture in its environment through a nanoporous membrane. As the moisture flows from one side to the other, the chip will measure any changes in pressure that will result from water...
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Inspired by a hamster ball, the robot will propel itself along the ground without any limbs or wheels (or hamsters). A system of pendulums will swing in two different directions in order to shift the robot's center of mass. As a pendulum swings to the right or left, the robot will naturally move in the opposite direction as it will attempt to stabilize (the same thing happens when a hamster runs up one side of the hamster ball). The robot could be used as a low-cost system...
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The idea is to develop a swarm of robotic bees that will help pollinate crops if required. The RoboBees will feature specially designed artificial muscles and miniature sensors that will to allow them to process cues from the environment in order to make decisions. They are intended to be used as a swarm, coordinating their actions without relying upon a single leader. Beyond their potential to augment the pollination of real bees, the RoboBees could be used for search and...
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Weed killing will go high-tech and less toxic with smart lasers able to recognize, and destroy, unwanted weeds. The method will use cameras and a computer algorithm to distinguish the weeds from more desirable plants. Once the weeds are recognized the CO2 lasers will deliver a carefully measured beam directly to the weakest point of the weed. The energy levels of the beams will be exact, because a beam that is too weak will actually encourage the weed to grow.
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A new system that can recognize ripe strawberries in the field could the next step in replacing human farm workers with machines. The system will use four different parts of the magnetic spectrum, including microwaves and far-infrared light to peek beneath the surface of the strawberries and check for ripeness. The new technology could reduce waste by cutting down on the number of unripe strawberries that are picked and could improve efficiency. The similar technology could...
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cyforiomt
 
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Tree Planting Service business. Plant beautiful green rows of shade for landscape lovers. Business Overview On the surface, starting a tree planting service may not seem like a very lucrative business to operate. However, each year forestry companies cut down thousands of trees and replant thousands more. Typically, the task of replanting these trees is left to subcontractors who either have successfully tendered for the job or have established a working history and...
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I have the idea which could help to increase crop yield by 10-20 percent. Why not develop a liquid foam shading system that mimics cloud cover? Such a system will make it possible to automatically shade greenhouses. This foam will filter the sunlight (i.e. will reduce solar radiation and control temperature) while still providing the plants with the light needed for photosynthesis. There also will be sensors to monitor the conditions within the greenhouse.
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herezayc
 
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01/04/2011
Herb Gardening business. With today's focus on health and gourmet food, there's no better time to start growing herbs. Business Overview A small plot of land in your backyard can easily be converted into a cash-producing herb garden. Dill, parsley and chives are just a few of the many herbs that can be grown at home for profit. Get started by spending time at your local library and on the internet to learn as much as you can about herbs and herb gardening. The rest is very...
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danzaintlo5
 
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12/31/2010
Lawn Care Service business. Know the secrets to making grass a little greener? Start a lawn care business. Business Overview Everybody's ideal lawn is a swath of emerald green, each blade as precision-cut as a Marine drill sergeant's hair, and not a weed, bare patch or dog doodle in sight. But in today's two-income family and single-parent/breadwinner world, who has time to mind the lawn? It could be you. As a lawn care professional, you can save the day by feeding, weeding,...
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sarelynn74021e
 
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11/16/2010
Garden Arbors business. Garden arbors offer the perfect match for the gardener who seeks a little whimsy. Business Overview Garden arbors have become a very popular landscape feature that thousands of homeowners are opting to include in their gardens. This creates a terrific business opportunity for the innovative entrepreneur to capitalize on by starting a homebased business that manufactures and sells garden arbors. If you have the ability, you can design your own trademark...
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